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Kicking Accuracy and Try Scoring Rises as new Gilbert MATCH-XV balls arrive

Gilbert Rugby News — Published on December 20 , 2017

Try-scoring and goal-kicking success rates are up right across the Guinness PRO14 as a fresh batch of Gilbert MATCH-XV balls were deliver to each club ahead of Round 11.

Since Gilbert’s arrival as official match ball partner to the Guinness PRO14 in August, their MATCH-XV ball has been used in all 70 Championship games to date and already its impact is clear to see.

When compared to last season’s statistics after 10 rounds it’s obvious that players in the Guinness PRO14 have wasted no time in getting to grips with the new ball.

  • The average tries scored per game has risen from 5.4% to 5.8%
  • Goalkicking success among the Top 10 kickers is up by 7.8%
  • Goalkicking success among the Top 20 kickers is up by 7.65%
  • Three players (Finn Russell, Dan Jones, Jarrod Evans) have a success rate above 90% compared to none after Round 10 last season
  • All of the Top 10 kickers are above 80% success rate while four players were below that mark after Round 10 last season
Rounds 11 & 12 will provide a full slate of derby fixtures during the Festive season with over 250 internationals (including 18 new caps since November) eager to make their mark with the Gilbert ball and earn vital Championship points and local bragging rights.

Fans feel part of the action too, by getting their hands on Guinness PRO14 replica balls which have gone on sale in time for Christmas at www.gilbertrugby.com and at all good retailers across the UK and Ireland.

Top 10 Goal Kickers 2017/18

  • 1 Finn Russell                     (Glasgow Warriors)          95.24%                 (20/21)
  • 2 Dan Jones                       (Scarlets)                            92.86%                 (13/14)
  • 3 Jarrod Evans                   (Cardiff Blues)                   86.96%                 (22/24)
  • 4 Leigh Halfpenny             (Scarlets)                            86.96%                 (20/23)
  • 5 Pete Horne                     (Glasgow Warriors)          85.71%                 (18/21)
  • 6 Steve Shingler                (Scarlets)                            85%                      (17/20)
  • 7 Duncan Weir                  (Edinburgh)                        85%                      (17/20)
  • 8 Jason Tovey                    (Edinburgh)                        83.33%                 (15/18)
  • 9 Ernst Stapelberg            (Toyota Cheetahs)            82.86%                 (29/35)
  • 10 Sam Davies                   (Ospreys)                            80%                      (12/15)
 

Top 10 Goal Kickers 2016/17

  • 1 Finn Russell                     (Glasgow Warriors)          85.71%                 (12/14)
  • 2 Johnny Sexton (Leinster)                            85.71%                 (12/14)
  • 3 Sam Davies                     (Ospreys)                            84.85%                 (28/33)
  • 4 Isa Nacewa                     (Leinster)                            84.62%                 (22/26)
  • 5 Tyler Bleyendaal            (Munster)                           83.87%                 (26/31)
  • 6 Tommaso Allan              (Benetton Rugby)             82.35%                 (14/17)
  • 7 Rhys Patchell                  (Scarlets)                            78.05%                 (32/41)
  • 8 Gareth Anscombe         (Cardiff Blues)                   76.19%                 (16/21)
  • 9 Ian Keatley                      (Munster)                           72.22%                 (13/18)
  • 10 Jason Tovey                 (Edinburgh)                        71.43%                 (10/14)
Note: Goal-kicking statistics refer to those players ranked in the Top 10 and 20 who had attempted a minimum of 10 shots at goal by Round 10 in each of the seasons referenced.

Grab your ball from the official Guinness Pro14 replica range here

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